DWTS Alum Cheryl Burke Opens Up About Fat-Shaming She Endured On Show

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Cheryl Burke, 39, continues to prove she still has it as she showcased her voluptuous figure in a form-fitting red leather dress at Korean skin-care brand COSRX’s first-ever US consumer event, COSRX Labs, held at Serra on Vine in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The former Dancing with the Stars professional dancer, 5 feet 4 inches tall, emphasized her curves by donning a skintight, vibrant red leather dress. It had a midi-length hem and a provocative one-shoulder neckline, which created the ruching on the bodice.

Cheryl Burke attends Korean skincare brand COSRX's first-ever U.S. consumer event 'COSRX Labs' at Serra on Vine in Los Angeles on October 19, 2023Cheryl Burke attends Korean skincare brand COSRX’s first-ever U.S. consumer event ‘COSRX Labs’ at Serra on Vine in Los Angeles on October 19, 2023 (Credit: Faye’s Vision / Cover Images)

In keeping the look fall-appropriate, Cheryl layered her sultry outfit underneath a black blazer that featured puff shoulders, a collar, and gold buttons on the sleeves. She slipped her feet into black suede knee-high boots with around 4-inch block heels for extra warmth and height.

Matthew Lawrence’s ex-wife tied the look together by wearing gold jewelry. She layered a gold choker, a paperclip chain collarbone necklace, and a pendant necklace around her neck and further accessorized with a pair of gold hoops, a watch, and some dainty rings.

For her glam, Cheryl fashioned her tresses in a half-up style and wore a full face of makeup with smokey eyeshadow, fluttery lashes, and glossy lips.

Cheryl Burke highlights her figure in a one-shoulder red leather dress with a black blazer and a pair of knee-high bootsCheryl Burke highlights her figure in a one-shoulder red leather dress with a black blazer and a pair of knee-high boots (Credit: Faye’s Vision / Cover Images)

Following her recent red-carpet appearance, Burke claimed she was not invited to the Dancing with the Stars special tribute to late DWTS judge Len Goodman, which aired on October 24.

“For those of you asking if I’ll be a part of Len Goodman’s tribute next week on DWTS, unfortunately, I wasn’t invited however, I’ll be there in spirit and can’t wait to cheer my former colleagues on! Sending love and light to everyone. #riplen,” she wrote on Threads.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Burke instead took to Instagram to honor the late DWTS judge. “There are special people who never leave us, even after they are gone. Len Goodman is one of them…” she captioned her video.

Meanwhile, other DWTS professionals, including Maks Chmerkovskiy, Kym Herjavec, Anna Trebunskaya, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Louis van Amstel, Mark Ballas, and Edyta Śliwińska, performed a waltz to Henry Mancini’s Moon River as part of the tribute segment.

Cheryl Burke on Getting Fat-Shamed during DWTS Heyday

Before attending the COSRX event, Cheryl Burke opened up about the fat-shaming comments she received while competing on Dancing with the Stars.

Burke left the dance competition in 2022 after participating as a pro for 26 seasons. And in an interview with NY Post, she revealed that her curvy body “has always been an issue.”

“That’s just the way it is. And I can’t change where my bones are or my hips. And it’s just—it is what it is. And either I accept it or I don’t. And obviously, when all your whole life it’s been centered around basically that, it’s hard to accept it.”

Cheryl Burke opens up about the fat-shaming comments she received while competing on Dancing with the StarsCheryl Burke opens up about the fat-shaming comments she received while competing on Dancing with the Stars (Credit: Faye’s Vision / Cover Images)

She also recalled being fat-shamed by her fellow DWTS pro dancers Maks Chmerkovskiy and Louis van Amstel during their days on the show, adding that Chmerkovskiy had already apologized to her.

“He apologized years ago when this whole thing happened. He apologized to me and my mother, actually, which was nice of him,” she explained. “But look, is there closure? I don’t know if there’s closure. I mean, it’s not just because of him saying anything. It goes back to my dancing and competition career.”

She first joined DWTS in 2006 when she was 21 and was partnered with Drew Lachey, whose brother Nick Lachey was at the time divorcing Jessica Simpson. Burke believes this caused her to receive wider media attention.

Cheryl Burke and Drew Lachey taping Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Holiday TV Special on November 30, 2007Cheryl Burke and Drew Lachey taping Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Holiday TV Special on November 30, 2007 (Credit: Mark Ashman / Disney / startraksphoto)

“It was pretty much at its peak. And with that, obviously, me dancing with Drew Lachey, [who] was my first partner. That was in the midst of Nick and Jessica’s divorce. And I think that was when people started coming in a way after me, and you can’t really—it’s hard because I was growing up in front of people’s eyes on TV. I started when I was 21, and your hormones change, and I did gain some weight.”

“And I’ll never forget being the center of the tabloids, just like, ‘Is she too fat for TV?’ All of these horrible comments. And it wasn’t just me. It was also Lacey Schwimmer at the time. And then some of these pro dancers agreeing with it.”

“The messaging that we put out there in society today isn’t necessarily healthy. I think we’re slowly getting there. I think we’re slowly getting better. But it is important to still represent that by action and not just by words.”

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